I/O Frame 8s (Discontinued)

Discontinuation Notice: The I/O Frame 8s has been discontinued. Please contact your local Dealer for more details.


Q-SYS™ is a complete integrated system that encompasses everything from the audio input to the output of the loudspeakers; it provides all the routing, processing, control and monitoring, while maintaining the audio quality and reliability QSC has come to be known for.

I/O Frames provide the points of connection used to interface Q-SYS with other components of the audio system, such as mixers and power amplifiers. Each I/O Frame 8s features eight card slots, each of which can support the following I/O cards, mixed and matched in any configuration:

  • Mic/Line Input card — Four channels of switchable mic/line-level analog audio input with 48V phantom power (available with standard or premium pre-amps and A/D converters).
  • Line Output card — Four channels of balanced, line-level analog output.
  • DataPort Output card — Four audio output channels (two DataPort connectors) for connection to DataPort equipped QSC amplifiers.
  • AES Input/Output card — Four input and four output channels of AES3 digital audio.

The I/O Frame 8s will also support various combinations of network cards (such as Cobranet and Dante, as well as future cards such as AVB) to provide a bridge to the Q-SYS Core, up to 128 inputs and 128 outputs.

  • I/O Frames may be equipped with a variety of audio input and output cards
  • Premium 24-bit AD and DA conversion used throughout
  • I/O Frames may be located with the Core or remotely—whichever best suits the needs of the installation
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use design GUI
  • Uses standard Gigabit Ethernet hardware for audio transport and control
  • System seamlessly integrates with QSC amplifiers and loudspeakers
System Hardware I/O Frame 8s
Description System audio input and output device
Front Panel Controls LCD page forward momentary switch
Unit ID button momentary switch
Clear settings momentary switch
Front Panel Indicators Power on: blue LED; Device status: tri-color LED
Audio signal: 32 tri-color LEDs
Card status: 8 tri-color LEDs
240 × 64 monochrome LCD graphics display
Rear Panel Controls Power switch
Rear Panel Connectors RS-232: DE-9 (male 9-pin D shell connector)
Video out: HD-15 (female 15-pin D-shell connector); DVI-D
Aux USB ports: USB host (type A) ×4
Aux network port: RJ45 10/100/1000 Mbps (switchable between Q-SYS LAN B or Aux Network Port)
GPIO ports: DA-15 (female 15-pin D shell connector) x2
Q-SYS Network LAN A: RJ45 1000 Mbps only
Q-SYS Network LAN B: RJ45 1000 Mbps only (switchable between Q-SYS LAN B or Aux Network Port 10/100/1000 Mbps)
IEC inlet: AC mains power connector
Local Audio Channels 128 × 128
Network Audio Channels In 128
Network Audio Channels Out 128
Audio I/O Capacity 8 card slots, supporting up to 32 analog I/O channels or up to 128x128 local digital I/O channels; Requires purchase of Q-SYS Type 2 audio I/O cards: CB, CIML4, CIML4-HP, COL4, CODP4, CAES4, CCN32, CDN64, CAN32.
Line Voltage Requirements 100–240 VAC, 50–60 Hz
Current Draw Max 4.8 A @ 100 VAC
Typical 1.9 A @ 100 VAC
Thermal 650 BTU/h (typical)
Dimensions (HWD) inches 3.5 x 149 x 16.13 / 2RU
Dimensions (HWD) mm 88.9 x 482.6 x 425.7 / 2RU
Included 6 ft UL/CSA/IEC line cord; User manual; Optional audio I/O ship kit

All specifications are subject to change without notice.